Leslie A. Pal | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
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Dr. Leslie A. Pal

Dr. Leslie A. Pal (PhD)

College of Public Policy


Leslie A. Pal is the Founding Dean of the College of Public Policy. 

Dr. Pal is the author, co-author, and editor of over 30 books. His most recent books include Global Governance and Muslim Organizations (2019) and Policy Transfer: Micro-Dynamics and Macro-Effects (2017). He is also the co-editor (with M. E. Tok and L. Al Khatar) of Policy Making in a Transformative State: The Case of Qatar (2016). The sixth edition of his textbook, Beyond Policy Analysis: Public Issue Management in Turbulent Times, is due out in 2020. He has published over 90 articles and book chapters in a wide variety of areas of public policy and administration, information technology, European integration, international human rights, and international public management reform. 

He has been a visiting professor at several universities, most recently the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore), the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA – Moscow), and the Higher School of Economics (Russia).

He has served as a consultant to many Canadian government ministries and organizations, as well as conducting executive training. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as several other international organizations. 


Research Interests

  • Global public policy advisory systems.
  • International organizations and transnational administration.
  • Public policy analysis and design.
  • Ethics and values in policy analysis.



Centre for Governance and Public Management, Carleton University, Ontario, Canada

2007 – present
  • Director

    School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University

    2001 - 2005
  • Professor of Public Policy and Administration

    Carleton University

    1992 - Present


Honors, Political Science

B.A. Mount Allison University

  • Master's Thesis: "Scholarship and Politics in the Writings of the Later Innis"

    M.A. Queen's University

  • Dissertation: "Keynesian Commitment, Keynesian Illusion: The Politics of Canadian Fiscal Policy, 1943-1963"

    Ph.D. Queen's University


Selected Publications

  • Beyond Policy Analysis

    Public Issue Management in Turbulent Times (5th Ed.) (Toronto: Nelson Education, 2014).

  • Frontiers of Governance

    The OECD and Global Public Management Reform (Aldershot: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

  • Global Governance and Muslim Organizations

    co-edited with M. Evren Tok (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

  • Policy Transfer

    Micro-Dynamics and Macro-Effects, co-edited with Magdaléna Hadjiisky and Christopher Walker (London: Edward Elgar, 2017)

  • Policy-Making in a Transformative State

    The Case of Qatar, co-edited with M. Evren Tok and Lolwah Alkhater (Houndmills Baskingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

  • “Introduction: JCPA 20th anniversary issue” (with Iris Geva-May), Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, (2018) 20(1), 7-17. doi:10.1080/13876988.2017.1414474

  • “Novas fronteiras e direções na pesquisa sobre transferência, difusão e circulação de políticas públicas: agentes, espaços, resistência e traduções [New frontiers and directions in policy transfer, diffusion and circulation research:

    agents, spaces, resistance, and translations].” (with O. Porto de Oliveira) Revista de Administração Pública, 52(2), (2018) 199-220. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0034-761220180078

  • “Teaching Public Policy: Global Convergence of ifference?” (with Ian D. Clark)

    Policy and Society (2016) http://dx.doi.org.proxy.library.carleton.ca/10.1016/j.polsoc.2016.11.006

  • “The MPA/MPP in the Anglo-Democracies: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States,” (with Ian D. Clark)

    Policy and Society (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polsoc.2016.11.001

  • "Making Reform Stick: Political Acumen as an Element of Political Capacity for Policy Change and Innovation," (with Ian D. Clark) Policy and Society 34 (2015): 247-257.